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Valuation
Property
Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
Survey
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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What HomeBuyers Survey should I pick for my home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Borehamwood

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a property constructed from conventional materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Borehamwood

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Borehamwood) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more thorough. Choose this for non standard property such as timber frame homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Borehamwood

    This is an independent valuation of the property. It is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Borehamwood and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same.

If the Borehamwood property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Borehamwood property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Borehamwood Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a home built in the mid 90s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to cause difficulties? Does the Home Buyers Survey cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem, with severe changes in the water table level and soil swelling being relatively common. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of

floorboards, to complete structural failure. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Borehamwood, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the house. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing a 18th Century dovecot. Will the age of the structure be a concern?

Many buyers in Borehamwood would be interested in owning a house with personality, like a farmstead. For traditionally-built Borehamwood property, age, however, can create issues for homeowners, and Borehamwood property showcasing traditional methods can be a drain to maintain. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of , for example, a Grade II listed house.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there may be a danger of asbestos wallpaper present in the flat. What is asbestos and will the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials such as vinyl flooring.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic including tensile strength properties, it may be found in asbestos blocks.

All forms are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to disturb the asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately.

Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Borehamwood survey. Your Borehamwood surveyor should report on potential asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Borehamwood and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same.

If the Borehamwood property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Borehamwood property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Borehamwood Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a home built in the mid 90s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to cause difficulties? Does the Home Buyers Survey cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem, with severe changes in the water table level and soil swelling being relatively common. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of



floorboards, to complete structural failure. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Borehamwood, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the house. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing a 18th Century dovecot. Will the age of the structure be a concern?

Many buyers in Borehamwood would be interested in owning a house with personality, like a farmstead. For traditionally-built Borehamwood property, age, however, can create issues for homeowners, and Borehamwood property showcasing traditional methods can be a drain to maintain. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of , for example, a Grade II listed house.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there may be a danger of asbestos wallpaper present in the flat. What is asbestos and will the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials such as vinyl flooring.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic including tensile strength properties, it may be found in asbestos blocks.

All forms are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to disturb the asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately.

Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Borehamwood survey. Your Borehamwood surveyor should report on potential asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

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